I am fortunate enough to live in North Carolina and, man, do we have some beautiful beaches. Many of those gorgeous destinations are located in the Outer Banks, America’s First Beach. I think this is the perfect place to take the family on a sunny vacation because there is just so a huge variety of things to see and do. If you are planning a trip to the Outer Banks this summer, be sure to check out our suggestions of cool stuff to do that you may not have thought of yourself.
6 Family Firsts At America’s First Beach: The Outer Banks
1. Ghost Crab Quest
With Ghost Crab Quest, you can hunt and gather the mighty Atlantic Ghost Crab (Ocypoda Quadrata) by flashlight while armed with your pail and shovel on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks. Get ready for shrieks of joy and surprise on this ecotourism adventure.
2. OBX Crabbing and Shrimping Charters
How would you like to catch your own seafood and learn about local Outer Banks marine life including fish, dolphin, pelicans and more from a real full-time commercial fishing family? You can do this very thing at OBX Crabbing and Shrimping Charters.
3. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Identify tracks of native animals in the sand and make plaster molds of your favorites at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. You can also get an introductory lesson in navigation and orienteering while learning about Blackbeard’s love of the OBX. While here, also hunt for turtles and lizards. These are just some of the cool programs this year at the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast and NC’s most visited State Park.
4. Mermaid School
How would you like to learn how to swim in your new mermaid or merman tail? Hang out with all the cool merfolk and take fabulous photos for social media. I mean, how much fun could you have at Mermaid School?
5. Full Moon Lighthouse Climb
Scaling the tallest lighthouse in America, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, just got a little more exciting. Ascend the 12 stories of steps with only a flashlight during the monthly Full Moon Lighthouse Climb, to a breathtaking view from the balcony.
6. History Museum Done Wright
The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, an historic Mission 66 architecture, is currently undergoing renovations to open late summer/early fall following the first major exhibit enhancement since opening in 1960. We can help provide one of the first looks at the new Wright Brothers experience designed to engage the new generations of young travelers.
Are You Going To The Outer Banks This Summer?
If you will be visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer, what do you plan to do while you are there?